While getting employees COVID-19 vaccinated continues to be a top-of-mind concern for many organizations, some common challenges have emerged as the Indian workforce gets their shots. Here’s a look at the top 5 challenges and workarounds to help you forge ahead!
#1. Identifying Who’s Already Vaccinated & Who’s Not
With the vaccination effort open to the public for a few months now, part of your workforce would have already got their shots; some may be fully vaccinated while others would have got their first shot. How do you assess who is vaccinated and who is not?
Conduct A Survey
Send online questionnaires to gauge status & interest in new and ongoing vaccination drives. This will have to be purely optional but should help you identify most of the workforce that needs it and are interested.
#2. Motivating Hesitant Employees To Be Vaccinated
In spite of the performance of COVID-19 vaccines, some are still hesitant about the efficacy and safety of vaccines and this may be holding them back.
Send Vaccination Related Newsletters/Mailers
Send emails and special issues of your corporate newsletter with FAQs, important updates and info on the vaccine’s life-saving potential.
Hold Town Hall Sessions With Experts
Rope in medical experts to address employee questions and concerns.
#3. Helping Employees Check If They’re Medically Eligible For A Shot
Vaccine manufacturers have certain criteria of eligibility – for instance, having an allergy to any ingredient might exclude you from taking it. People may also have their own concerns if they have existing immune issues or are on certain medication.
Enable Virtual/Telecalls With Doctors
Use your health & wellness partner to organize online/tele consultations so employees can confirm that it is safe for them to be vaccinated.
#4. Employees Delaying Vaccination Due To Case Spikes/Local Restrictions
During a surge in cases in their towns, most people will hesitate to step out of their homes. Vaccination centers open to the public tend to be crowded, even though queues and the process is well managed. The number of people at the centers also means more exposure for several hours.
Conduct Vaccine Drives At The Workplace Or A Designated Center
Exclusive office vaccine drives tend to be less crowded and can be managed efficiently. Employees may also feel safer in their place of work, a familiar non-hospital location.
5. Getting Permissions, Procuring & Administering Vaccinations
The simple solution to many of these concerns may be to hold vaccination drives on your office premises, open only to your employees and their families. But where do you begin? Are special permissions required? How does procurement and storage work?
Engage An Expert
A dedicated health & wellness partner can take care of all the paperwork and guide you through the logistics and operational nitty gritty. They will also take on the onus of supporting your people through the process.